One reason for Valorant’s widespread popularity is the contrasting nature of gameplay compared to other FPS games. Genres like Call of Duty and Apex Legends reward fast movement with rapid fire rates whereas winning in Valorant is partly based on clicking heads with one-shot accuracy. For these reasons, precision aiming is critical to taking out enemies. The best sensitivity for Valorant helps ensure that outcome.
In our guide below, we’ll cover the essentials for Valorant’s mouse settings, including the best mouse settings for Valorant and mouse settings Valorant pros use.
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Valorant sens, eDPI, and mouse DPI explained
Before diving in, it’s good to understand a few essentials that determine your true Valorant sensitivity.
In Valorant, only your in-game sensitivity affects your gaming mouse’s speed. Valorant uses raw input, which is independent of your Windows mouse settings.
This is why comparing the in-game mouse sensitivity of two Valorant players won’t provide much value.
Enter eDPI. Calculating your Valorant eDPI (mouse DPI x in-game sensitivity) provides the “true” sensitivity in-game so you can compare Valorant sensitivities apples to apples. For this reason, our focus in this guide will be conveying the best Valorant sensitivity in terms of eDPI, which is interchangeable with sensitivity.
Best sens for Valorant
With the essentials aside, let’s review the best sensitivity for Valorant using a gaming mouse with 800 DPI, which is the most common DPI used.
- eDPI: 280 to 350
- Sensitivity (aim): 0.35 to 0.438
- Mouse DPI: 800
- Scoped sensitivity multiplier: 1
- ADS sensitivity multiplier: 1
Most players should aim for a Valorant eDPI of 280 to 350 to start, then adjust their sensitivity over time to suit their preferences as their aiming mechanics improve.
With Valorant’s calculated gameplay style, we suggest starting on the lowest end at 280 eDPI. Then hit the firing range to test out the adjusted Valorant mouse settings and tinker to your liking from there.
If you have limited desk space, a higher sensitivity may be best. Just be sure that you can flick the mouse or move your arm easily to rotate a full 180° in the available space you have.
Agent roles within Valorant also play heavily in choosing a good sensitivity for Valorant. Duelist such as Jett and Reyna may be better off playing with a higher sensitivity in close quarters to get the potential advantage of firing off the first accurate headshot when entry fragging.
On the other hand, a lower sensitivity may be more suitable for firing shots from afar, such as controller and sentinel roles. Too high of a sensitivity in these long-distance scenarios and your shot is likely to miss the enemy’s hitbox. It’s also more difficult to control recoil.
The scoped sensitivity and ADS sensitivity multiplier Valorant mouse settings are best set to 1 to keep a consistent sensitivity when scoped or aiming down sights.
Valorant sens for common gaming mouse DPIs
While most Valorant players have gaming mice with 800 DPIs, that’s not the case for all. Accordingly, we’ve calculated below the best Valorant sensitivity based on different mouse DPIs and our suggested eDPI range.
400 DPI: Gamers using a 400 DPI mouse should set their Valorant in-game sensitivity in the range of 0.70 to 0.875 to be within the suggested eDPI range of 280 to 350.
1200 DPI: Gamers using a 1200 DPI mouse should set their Valorant in-game sensitivity in the range of 0.234 to 0.292 to be within the suggested eDPI range of 280 to 350.
1400 DPI: Gamers using a 1400 DPI mouse should set their Valorant in-game sensitivity in the range of 0.20 to 0.25 to be within the suggested eDPI range of 280 to 350.
1600 DPI: Gamers using a 1600 DPI mouse should set their Valorant in-game sensitivity in the range of 0.175 to 0.219 to be within the suggested eDPI range of 280 to 350.
What sens do Valorant pros use?
The average eDPI for the Valorant players we track is 312 as of analysis in late 2022, with the lowest being 160 and the highest being 776. That’s a wide range, which is why our suggested Valorant sensitivity has a narrowed focus.
Below, we cover what’s considered a low, medium, and high eDPI in Valorant.
|Valorant Sens Level||eDPI Range|
|Low||Less than 250|
|Medium||250 to 350|
|High||Greater than 250|
You can learn more about the settings Valorant pros use by reading our Valorant pro settings guide, which includes details on each player’s sensitivities, as well as their crosshair and graphics settings.
How to change DPI in Valorant
Changing your Valorant mouse settings can be accomplished in a few simple steps.
First, boot up Valorant and navigate to the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the home screen or by pressing Esc in-game.
From the home screen, select Settings and then look for Mouse in the General settings tab. Once there, you can adjust your Valorant mouse settings to the suitable calculated eDPI.
Other Valorant mouse settings
Valorant offers two other mouse settings options that can be adjusted, Invert Mouse and Raw Input Buffer. The vast majority of players should turn both settings off.
Selecting your invert mouse setting is 100% preference. With invert mouse on, pushing forward on your mouse makes your agent look down. All pro Valorant players we track have this setting turned off.
The same theme holds true for Valorant pros and disabling the raw input buffer setting. Raw input buffer can potentially make the game smoother for players with a high polling rate mouse, such as 8000Hz, but most gaming mice are much lower around 1000Hz.